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Dogs + Medications

  • Fluoxetine is used to treat a variety of behavioral disorders in dogs and cats. It may be used to correct aggressive behavior, thunderstorm phobias and excessive licking and hair pulling. Fluoxetine HCl is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant.

  • Fluralaner is used to treat and control flea and tick infestations in dogs and cats. Sometimes fluralaner is used for the treatment of sarcoptic mange or demodectic mange. When fluralaner is prescribed for the treatment of mange, it is referred to as ‘extra-label’ or ‘off label’ use. The majority of pets have very few side effects from fluralaner, provided it is given according to label recommendations and at the prescribed interval. If you suspect an overdose or negative reaction to the medication, call your veterinary office immediately.

  • Flurbiprofen is used to stop inflammation in the eye.

  • Furosemide is a diuretic. It is used to help reduce the amount of water in the pet’s body by increasing the flow of urine. Furosemide is also used to treat high blood pressure and decrease the workload on the heart and arteries.

  • Gabapentin may be useful in the treatment of chronic or cancer pain in cats and dogs. It may also be used as adjunctive therapy for seizures.

  • Gentamicin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. This preparation has been prescribed to treat a bacterial infection of the eye. Common infections treated with this medication are conjunctival infections and infections on the cornea (clear part of eye).

  • Certain medical conditions can be controlled by the use of drugs that are only available in an injectable formulation. Two of these conditions are diabetes mellitus, which requires daily insulin injections, and certain allergies, which are controlled by regular injections of allergenic extracts. In many cases, dog owners are willing and able to administer these medications at home.

  • The easiest way to give your dog a liquid medication is to use a treat specially designed for this purpose or mix it with some canned food. To ensure your dog swallows the medication, it is best to hand feed the medicated food or treat, rather than mixing it into a large portion that the dog may not completely consume.

  • The easiest way to give your dog a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if you hide it in a special treat such as a small amount of canned dog food, peanut butter or cottage cheese. To ensure that your dog swallows the pill, you should hand feed the medicated piece of food or treat rather than offering it in a large portion that the dog may not completely consume.

  • Glipizide is a sulfonylurea anti-diabetic agent used to treat non-insulin dependent diabetes. Glipizide works by causing the pancreas to release more insulin into the bloodstream.